Virtual School Programs (Multidivision Online Providers)
The Code of Virginia allows school divisions to offer online instruction to students in multiple divisions using a private organization, educational institution or nonprofit virtual school organization that meets Board of Education-approval criteria to operate as a multidivision online provider. Multidivision online providers supply online courses, or virtual courses, to K-12 students. Providers may offer only one course or may offer a full array of courses as a virtual school. Instruction in a virtual course is delivered primarily by a teacher who is in a different physical setting from the student, though local mentors may support student learning.
A multidivision online provider must be accredited by one of the following Board of Education-approved agency:
- AdvancEd (formerly Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation [CITA], North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement [NCA CASI], and Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement [SACS CASI])
- Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Elementary Schools and Commission on Secondary Schools
- New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC)
- Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) (formerly Northwest Association of Accredited Schools)
- Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC)
- Virginia Council for Private Education (VCPE)
A multidivision online provider must must meet Board of Education approved criteria to operate.
Application for Approval as a Multidivision Online Provider
- Information on the 2016 Provider Application Process – which opens on January 4, 2016, is available including application forms and the Criteria for Approval of Multidivision Online Providers.
- 2016: A Status Report Regarding Multidivision Online Learning-This is a PDF document. (PDF)
- Multidivision Online Provider List or Provider Summary Reports – create a report that includes course offerings for individual approved multidivision online providers.
For School Divisions:
- Local Division Model Policies and Procedures-This is a PDF document. (PDF)
- Best Practice Considerations for Divisions Using Online Schools (PDF)
- Online Teaching Methodology – 60-hour professional development online course, available through WHRO's Consortium for Interactive Instruction to Virginia educators, provides training to those interested in serving as online instructors or course developers for online learning. Other WHRO Education online professional development opportunities also are available.
- Vision for Virtual School Programs in Virginia-This is a PDF document. (PDF)
- Key Responsibilities of Various Stakeholders-This is a PDF document. (PDF)
For Students & Parents:
Students and parents should consult with the guidance staff at the local school the student attends or will be attending prior to enrolling in any course(s) offered by a multidivision online provider.
VDOE Approved Multidivision Online Providers
The following links are to external websites not associated with the Virginia Department of Education.
- Accelerate Education
- Apex Learning
- BYU Independent Study
- Chesterfield County Public Schools – CCPS Online
- CompuHigh, LLC
- Connections Education, LLC – formerly known as Connections Academy
- EdOptions Academy (Edmentum, Inc.)
- Edgenuity – formerly known as Education 2020)
- Edison Learning, Inc.
- Florida Virtual School
- Founders Education
- Fuel Education
- K12 Virtual Schools, LLC
- Longwood University Extended
- Loudoun County Public Schools
- Middleton Academy – formerly Milburn Online
- Proximity Learning, Inc.
- The Virtual High School
- York County School Division
Questions regarding the multidivision online provider application process should be directed to Mark R. Saunders, VDOE Director of The Office of Technology and Virtual Learning, 804-786-0307.